THE ROPER BROTHERS: And Their Magnificent Steam Automobile by W. E. Butterworth

THE ROPER BROTHERS: And Their Magnificent Steam Automobile

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Here's something different for car fanciers--the home restoration of a 1927 Doble steamer--but in order to see it one has to put up with Richard, the genius-level Roper brother who is dealing in grain futures at age sixteen. Richard's sophomoric capitalist wit nearly drives his older but slower brother ""Little Bob"" to distraction (and one can see why), so Bob takes to high stakes poker to prove himself and ends up plotting to sell the antique Doble--the first thing, besides money of course, that Richard has ever loved. Butterworth, like Richard, can be funny although the aura of clever manipulation wears thin at times, but this project picks up steam as it rolls along and will attract car buffs who are quick enough to pick up on Richard's slick, mechanical patter.

Pub Date: April 26th, 1976
Page count: 192pp
Publisher: Four Winds